installed the CD Driver. It is usually D: drive or the last drive letter depending on thenumber of your partitions. Note it down as it is the actual drive letter where you will haveto type a DOS command like d:You should now be able to run all software utilities such as Format, Scandisk, FDisk or Windows Installation Setup.exe files. Right now, simply make sure they exist by typing aDOS command dir at the CD drive letter. If you don’t find it with this simple directorycommand, use dir/s filename to search the file. For example, to search fdisk.exe file, typedir/s fdisk.exe.BACKING UP YOUR DATA: Before formatting your hard disk drive, please make sureyou have proper back up of your critical data files such as Microsoft Word, Excel,Powerpoint, etc files on a CD or any other media for backup that you have access to. Inthis tutorial, we assume you have a CD-Writer installed for taking backups on WriteableCDs. Their capacity is usually 700MB or less. Here, you should seriously consider usingZipping software like WinZip or WinRAR.VIA WINDOWS: If you can luckily login to your Windows OS, you should run the CD-Writer software such as HTech Fireman to back up all of your data on an empty CD. If you don’t know how to do it, read their user manual for detailed instruction set. If youcan’t access your Windows OS, read on.VIA DOS: Some of the files that you wish to make back-up, may be hidden. To un-hidethem, use attrib *.* +r +s +h. Now, use the software from Golden Hawk file named as copy2cd.exe to backup your datafiles or directories on a writeable CD. Before using this command, make sure you are inan appropriate path on the computer such as E:/ where the actual file copy2cd.exe fileresides;Copy2cd c:data*.* f:Here we assumed that f: is a CD Writer drive. Now, repeat the same for all of your filesto back up. When finished, run cdtools.exe command i.e. cdtools f: to finish by selectingoption “Disc Finalization”.If you can’t back up your data using the above-mentioned procedure, either ask anoutside expert’s help personally or via internet. If all fails, forget your data forever andcarry on installing a new OS as mentioned in this tutorial.Backing up Your Drivers: An interesting tool to mentioned here is a software thatautomatically backs up all of your drivers of CD, modem, sound card, vga, usb, printer or just about anything that is currently installed on your system. But this software worksonly in an operational windows OS, and not in DOS. It is a good and time-saving practiceto keep a backup of all of your drivers on a CD by using such a software. Its name isDriver Genius Pro and it is commercial software, not a freeware.